On Tuesday, June 1, President Joe Biden proclaimed June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month.
This is the first year since the Obama administration that the White House proclaimed June Pride Month.
Biden’s proclamation cited the Stonewall rebellion as a call to liberation and advances the LGBTQ community has made in recent years.
The president also highlighted LGBTQ participation in his own administration. Biden said that almost 14 percent of 1,500 federal agency appointees identifying as LGBTQ and pointed to the appointments of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and nd Assistant Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine. Buttigieg is the first out confirmed Cabinet secretary and Levin is the first out transgender person to be confirmed by the Senate.
“During LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we recognize the resilience and determination of the many individuals who are fighting to live freely and authentically,” Biden said in the proclamation. “In doing so, they are opening hearts and minds, and laying the foundation for a more just and equitable America. This Pride Month, we affirm our obligation to uphold the dignity of all people, and dedicate ourselves to protecting the most vulnerable among us.”